Aragonés, Syrah, Touriga Nacional
Cortes de Cima is based in Vidigueira, the southernmost appellation of the greater Alentejo region. The winery was founded in 1988 by Danish-American couple, Hans and Carrie Jorgensen, after their sailboat 'Gazelle la Goelette' docked in Portugal. The stunning landscape reminded Carrie of California, while Hans fell in the love with the Mediterranean sun. Alentejo enjoys 3,000 hours of sunshine every year. The winery is surrounded by nearly 600 acres of vines, 120 acres of olive trees and another 250 of cork, pine and oak reforestation. Courela's blend is 50% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 40% Syrah and 10% Touriga Nacional, one of Portugal's 250 indigenous varietals. Fun fact- Syrah was once forbidden in the appellation! Cortes de Cima helped to change that with a Syrah named 'Incógnito'. Though wines from the Alentejo have a tendency to carry great structure and depth, the Courela is a fresh wine, intended to be consumed young. Enjoy within the next year or two at 17C.
Intense and reflective ruby colour.
A ripe berry blend that is potent and fresh. We love how we can almost smell how plump and juicy the fruit is. Juicy cherry, plum and raspberry are intoxicating with mild florals.
The grapes are fermented without stems, which would otherwise add additional tannins to a wine. Short maceration also helps to keep the wine fresh and fruit forward. The same boisterous and bountiful wild berries are found, anchored by just enough acidity and fleshy weight. A soft tannin structure is pleasing, allowing this wine to be consumed easily.
Homemade beef burgers, traditional toppings and a side of smashed potatoes. We think adding Paprika to the burger and potatoes would be ideal.
Carignan, Alicante Bouschet, Merlot, Syrah
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